The Ferret is an award-winning investigative journalism platform for Scotland and beyond.

The Ferret is a registered co-operative with places reserved on the board for both journalists and subscribers.

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The Ferret was the first publisher in Scotland to be regulated by Impress and we have pledged to uphold the principles of the voluntary code of practice for social enterprise in Scotland. 

None of our Journalist Directors are members of a political party and The Ferret is committed to taking a non-partisan approach to everything we do.

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We operate as transparently as possible and publish reports to provide our supporters with information on progress and how we use our resources.

The Ferret

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The Ferret
Scotland's investigative news and fact-checking co-op.
United Kingdom

Supported projects

Can depopulation in Europe's islands be reversed?

  • Cities

United Kingdom - With islands across Europe having experienced years of population decline, many now face an uncertain future.

Angela Catlin

Europe's Seas in Danger

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

EDINBURGH - Europe’s marine environment faces a plethora of severe threats. What are the key species in decline, and which interest groups are lobbying against marine protection laws? This investigation looks into Europe’s interconnected marine systems, and how they can be preserved.

Killing krill: supermarkets and salmon farms under fire

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is a shrimplike crustacean a few centimeters long, supporting the marine food chain around Antarctica. The Antarctic krill fishing industry has been growing in the last two decades, driven by the global growth of aquaculture. Krill is considered a valuable alternative to wild fish as a protein ingredient for fish feeds, especially for salmon, trout and shrimp.